Stories tagged: school districts
UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 10:08 p.m.
Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding
Major changes to Washington’s public school system, and the taxes that pay for it, become law.
Fri., June 23, 2017
Special-ed needs the attention of lawmakers
Funding levels for special education services are shaped by two metrics: a cap and a multiplier. Neither one may reflect the reality of particular school districts.
Tue., June 20, 2017
Past opinions provide perspective
Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Downtown parking, June 20, 1941
UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:07 p.m.
Inslee vetoes part of bill to help some Washington school districts find new sites
Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoes bill designed to help school districts find affordable sites for new buildings, asks lawmakers to add protections for rural areas.
Thu., March 9, 2017, 1:13 p.m.
Washington House sends Inslee bill to avert ‘levy cliff’ on school funding
The House follows the Senate and gives overwhelming support to a bill to allow school districts another year of extra property tax authority.
Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, 6:04 p.m.
Timing a key to avoid layoff notices for some Washington school districts
Some public school districts may have to prepare for smaller budgets and layoffs even though the Legislature is expected to approve an increase in spending for education.
Sun., Jan. 22, 2017
Save schools from the levy cliff
Local school districts shouldn’t pay the price for the failure of lawmakers to do their jobs in a timely manner.
Fri., May 20, 2016
Rekha Basu: Feds’ bathroom order a win for rights
Pressuring recalcitrant states to do something in the public interest is not a new tactic. As we’ve seen, it has been used under both parties.
Thu., Nov. 19, 2015, 3:34 p.m.
Some schools, parks and libraries closed Friday
School districts are beginning to announce closures for Friday.
Tue., Aug. 18, 2015
Washington releases student scores from new Smarter Balanced tests
OLYMPIA – The raw numbers may look worse, but state school officials said the results should be seen as better from standardized tests that students in many grades of Washington …
Thu., July 16, 2015
Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago Spokane County school superintendent E.G. McFarland proposed a sweeping reorganization of the county’s rural schools.
Sun., Aug. 25, 2013
ESDs prove invaluable to small school districts
At a time when money for education remains tight, taxpayers are spending about a quarter-billion dollars each year on a little-known bureaucracy that operates between local schools and Olympia. Dozens …
Fri., March 8, 2013, 12:35 p.m.
SD gov signs bill allowing teachers to be armed
PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill today allowing the state’s school districts to arm teachers and other personnel with guns.
Mon., Jan. 9, 2012
Districts will ask voters to help support hundreds of jobs
School levies are often associated with K-12 programs, such as sports, art and music. But the community-supported portion of a school district’s budget – a local tax – also helps …
Wed., April 7, 2010, 12:04 p.m.
Gregoire asks every school district to sign grant
Gov. Chris Gregoire is asking all of Washington 295 school districts to join an effort to seek $250 million from the federal government for education reform.
Tue., Feb. 9, 2010, 8:57 a.m.
Special election ballots due today
Balloting in six school districts and Fire Protection District No. 4 in Spokane County closes today in a special election.
Wed., July 29, 2009, 10:33 a.m.
Study: Students, teachers have learned from WASL
It may be the most hated test in Washington history. But the Washington Assessment of Student Learning also has contributed to student achievement and has helped teachers focus on state …
Thu., May 14, 2009, 8:48 a.m.
North Idaho schools bracing for cuts
Administrators in Post Falls and Lakeland school districts say they hoping to make ends meet by pinching pennies before cutting teachers.
Wed., March 11, 2009, 2:46 p.m.
Court reaffirms ruling on special ed funding
The state Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s decision denying a request by a consortium of Washington school districts to declare the system of funding special education …
Tue., March 10, 2009, 8:16 a.m.
School closures and delays for Tuesday
School closures and delays for Tuesday.